You are Beautiful...You...Yes, YOU! - Heather Laurenne Photography - Houston, TX

     There aren't many women that I don't expect to hear the words "but I hate what I look like in pictures" when I talk to them about getting portraits of themselves or their family. Because we grew up looking at beauty magazines with beautiful (photoshopped) models shot by professional photographers in perfect lighting we tend to have a distorted view of what to expect when we get in front of the camera. So when your friend takes a picture of you on a phone and you turn it around to see the image we, as women, are almost always horrified at all the imperfections we see in ourselves even if someone else thinks its beautiful. 

     Ok, ok, I know this isn't a post on imperfections and beauty magazines, although I feel like maybe we should talk about that in the future. Today I really want to talk to you about why you SHOULD get in front of the camera! Whether you are a woman that needs images of yourself for your work or not, I am a true believer that everyone should have pictures of just themselves done from time to time.

     Now I'm not talking about Glamour Shot type pictures, unless feather boas are your thing, and if they are we are definitely gonna rock that look. I'm talking about booking a portrait session just for yourself with a professional photographer and maybe even a professional hair and make-up artist. Whether you are a trained model or not the first 15 minutes in front of a camera are awkward for anyone...so during this time the best thing you can do is LAUGH! Laugh at yourself, laugh at your photographer, laugh at the runner who just tripped while he was looking over to see who the gorgeous woman was! :) The more comfortable you become, the more fun you will have, and the more you will fall in LOVE with your images. Just like you make time to get your hair trimmed or your nails done you should make time to have pictures taken of your beautiful self!  

     Photographing real women is one of my favorite things to do and probably one of the things I do that brings me the most joy. Making a woman feel beautiful is so gratifying because being a woman is hard. We have a lot of things we are juggling all the time and we never take enough time to pamper ourselves. I encourage all of you to call up your favorite photographer friend and schedule a session for yourself. It will be fun, I promise! But before you do take a look at this beautiful friend of mine, Maria. Maria is real; she's a mom, a wife, a photographer, a sister, a friend...and she's utterly fabulous! We had an absolute blast taking these photos together and I have a sneaky suspicion you will have fun with your own session as well!!! 

Heather Navratil

Cardinal Rose Photography, 10305 Wilkes Ridge Place, Henrico, VA, 23233, United States